Replacing Missing Teeth with Implants
A healthy mouth is an important component of a healthy body. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech, appearance, and your ability to chew. Functioning on your remaining teeth creates increased workloads and increases the chance they will wear out prematurely.
Dental implants are often the most ideal permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants have been used for decades and have become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. They not only replace the missing tooth but also provide a sturdy foundation and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged or compromised. Dental Implants can be attractive, stable, and comfortable.
Dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, yet their affordability can be short-lived. These solutions can require repair and replacement every 5-10 years. Therefore, they are often more expensive over time.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to consider the longevity offered by dental implants. Implants are a permanent non-removable option that is comfortable and hassle free.
Overview of Implant Placement
The process to place an implant takes less than an hour. The implant itself is the first step in the process to replacing your tooth. Once the implant is in place, the healing phase takes a few months until the jawbone fully integrates with the implants surface.
Prior to surgery, you may be given antibiotics and for comfort during the procedure either an IV or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). A local anesthetic will also be used to numb the area of treatment.
Once the anesthesia is working, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gums and then creates space for the implant with a special tool. The titanium implant is gently inserted. Often the top of the implant can be seen in the early stages of healing.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Negative effects can occur to your appearance when you are missing teeth and the bone in the vacant area will begin to atrophy. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first lost. Bone replacement in the area becomes more complex as time passes. Implants act similar to your natural teeth. They mimic the missing object and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Dr. Ismaili will provide you with options so that you can make an informed decision concerning tooth replacement
When a tooth has been missing for a long time:
- The bone in area of the missing tooth begins to deteriorate or atrophy
Immediately after a hopeless tooth is extracted:
- If the walls of the socket are thick, new bone will typically fill in the socket within a few months
- If the walls of the socket are thin, healing will not be as predicable. In this situation a bone graft is often placed within the thin socket at the time of the extraction procedure. This added step helps maintain the volume and quality of bone for future implant placement
Same Day Implant Placement:
- In an optimal environment, there are times when an implant can be placed on the same day as a tooth is extracted
- If you have a tooth that is hopeless, but the bone and socket are healthy you may be a candidate for same day tooth replacement. This could minimize or eliminate the need for bone grafting
Dental implants integrate into the jaw bone and strengthen it by stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, lessening problems in the future.